Klaus Zeyringer

(b.1953) is chairman of the German department at the IPLV Language Institute, at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest, Angers. Co-publisher of the series “Paradigma Europa” and co-founder of the online culture salon [house]. His publications include Österreichische Literatur seit 1945. Einschnitte, Überblicke, Wegmarken (1999, 2001); and Blicke von außen. Österreichische Literatur im internationalen Kontext (2003, ed. with Franz Haas and Hermann Schlösser).


The social is not abstract

Josef Schützenhöfer's "Social Painting" and the provocation of the figurative

Residual authoritarianism and social inequality, be it in his native Austria or in the US, are both target and spur in Josef Schützenhöfer’s painting. Literary critic Klaus Zeyringer describes the artist’s development of a painterly aesthetic in keeping with his social-political commitment, first in the political paintings executed in the US in the 1980s and 1990s, and later in the work at the Steyr-Daimler-Puch and Semperit plants in Austria. Now, with the hegemony of abstraction losing its hold, Schützenhöfer’s “Social Painting” is having its day.

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